Heather Deen Locklear (born September 25, 1961) is an American actress best known for her television roles as "Sammy Jo Carrington" on Dynasty, "Officer Stacy Sheridan" on T. J. Hooker, "Amanda Woodward" on Melrose Place, and "Caitlin Moore" on Spin City. Her comic book hottie role was in The Swamp Thing 2.
Locklear was born in Westwood, Los Angeles and raised in Thousand Oaks, California. Locklear is the youngest of three children. She is also of part Lumbee descent.
While attending the University of California, Los Angeles, Locklear began modeling and working in commercials for the school store. Locklear's earliest screen appearances were in the early 1980s when she gained small roles in episodes of CHiPs, 240-Robert, and Eight Is Enough, before Aaron Spelling cast her in the role of Sammy Jo Dean during the second season of his TV series Dynasty. It would be the beginning of a highly successful long-term collaboration with Spelling who, the following year, cast her in the cop show T.J. Hooker with William Shatner. Until the mid 1980s, Locklear would appear as a series regular on T.J. Hooker whilst making semi-regular appearances on Dynasty. She later became a full-time cast member on Dynasty in 1985 until its cancellation in 1989.
Following Dynasty, Locklear had a starring role in the movie The Return of Swamp Thing (for which she won the satirical Razzie Award for Worst Actress) and also starred in the short-lived sitcom Going Places. In 1993, she then went on to play another of her best known roles, that of scheming vixen Amanda Woodward on Aaron Spelling's drama series Melrose Place, which was a spin-off of Beverly Hills 90210. The series ran for seven years until its cancellation in 1999. Throughout her career, Locklear has starred or guest-starred in no less than seven different television series produced by Aaron Spelling, these being Dynasty, T.J. Hooker, Matt Houston, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Hotel, and Melrose Place. After Melrose Place ended in 1999, Locklear was immediately cast in the TV sitcom Spin City (initially opposite Michael J. Fox and later opposite Charlie Sheen) until 2002). In 2002, Locklear also had a brief recurring role on the sitcom Scrubs.
She was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People twice, once in 1994, and the second time in 2001.
Prior to her marriages, Locklear was connected romantically with several Hollywood personalities including Scott Baio She was married for seven years to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee from May 1986 to August 1993. After their divorce, she married Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora on December 17, 1994 in Paris. She gave birth to a daughter, her only child, in 1997. Locklear filed for divorce from Sambora in February 2006.
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